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  • Beautiful Country House in Astashovo

    In 2011, an entrepreneur from Moscow, Andrey Pavlichenkov, bought a 19th-century country house (sometimes called “terem”) in Astashovo, Kostroma region. The house was destroyed: not a single window, all doors and floors were broken, and the ovens were destroyed. The house had to be dismantled and reassembled. The friends of the entrepreneur and local residents […] More

  • Beautiful Country House in Abandoned Village of Pogorelovo

    There is a picturesque region, stretching along the banks of the Vigi river. It is located between Suda and Chukhloma: about 340 miles from Moscow. 25 years ago there was the village of Pogorelovo, the first written mention of which dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. Today, there is not much left […] More

  • Russia’s Quirkiest Post Offices

    Russian postal service has to have its offices in almost every settlement, despite the fact that Russia is huge as the country, with cities and small villages spread all over it. In general, you will see the post offices of provincial settlements, villages and major cities that are not in the best condition. More

  • The Mesmerizing Beauty of Russia’s Metro Stations

    The Moscow Metro architecture is the must see for visitors. Allegedly, Canadian architect-turned-photographer  David Burdeny,  was the first photographer to be authorized to shoot after hours of stations operation. The Moscow Metro opened in 1935, and was meant to be huge Soviet propaganda project. The luxurious architectural designs were intended to predict a bright future […] More

  • Moscow’s Sidewalk Kiosks

    “Since the end of Soviet era, the pervasive sight of kiosks selling everything under-the-sun has becomes a feature of the Russian landscape. In any city of Russia you will find rows of kiosks, often purveying strange mixes of products. Some may carry mostly liquor, others cigarettes and magazines, still others will have some items of […] More

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    Balconies in Russia

    Many apartment buildings residents had a concrete balcony that added extra fifty to sixty square feet to the apartment’s total floor space. Many residents enclosed their balconies with glass windows, thus turning this exterior area into another room of the apartment. Some balconies were merely fitted with iron grilles to deter burglars but were otherwise […] More

  • Soviet Brutalist Architecture Photographed by Frederic Chaubin

    When one thinks of  something fascinating, Soviet brutalist architecture does not come to mind. However, Frédéric Chaubin’s remarkable photographs, published under the curious title “CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed”, can change that perspective of many. French photographer has traveled the former Soviet Union since 2003, capturing  unusual sculptural buildings. Chaubin mostly focused on the edges […] More

  • Weird Bus Stop Design of the Soviet Era

    Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig traveled more than 18,000 miles across formers Soviet states in search of unusual bus stops and shelters. The relative insignificance of these structures allowed Soviet authorities to give free rein to the local architects tasked with designing them. From the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the bus stops exhibit the […] More